Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary
A unique thorny scrub forest with xerophyte species, Chinnar is the habitat for the endangered Giant Grizzled Squirrel of India. Their total number here would be less than 200. Located in the rain shadow area of the Western Ghats, unlike other sanctuaries in Kerala, Chinnar gets only less than two months of rain every year. Rich in wildlife, the mixed deciduous forests here are ideal for trekking.
An extensive Sandalwood forest nearby is an added attraction at Chinnar. This is also an ideal place for watching herds of gaur and elephants amble past. Dry deciduous forests, high sholas and some grasslands add to the diversity of the sanctuary. As one travels from Karimuthi to Chinnar, elephants, spotted deer, sambar, hanuman langur and even peacocks can be spotted on either side of the road.
Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary and Anamalai forests are God’s own country and Tamil Nadu’s ranges of the same forest. if the tourists have luck they can see lot of Elephants, Peacocks, Indian Gaur and Spotted deers. Try driving as slow and as quiet as possible. Do visit the watch tower. Though early morning (6-8Am) and evening (4-5 pm) would be the best time to spot wildlife from the tower, it is worth taking a chance and trying it during hours in between too. Official timing of the watch tower is from 8AM to 5 PM. But if requested on previous day, guides will support early morning visits to the watch tower.
There are two fabulous rivers in the sanctuary. They are Chinnar River and Pambar River. the River flows in the name Amaravathi in Tamilnadu. Pambar is originated from the Anaimudi hills and it joins with the the River at Koottar. Chinnar and Pambar are two of the only four rivers among 44 that flow in eastwards.
The major attraction in the Pambar River is Thoovanam Waterfalls. This beautiful waterfall that lie in the deep forest is a major tourist attraction. It is a real visual treat to watch the water that cascade down like crystals in the falls. There are many medicinal plants found near the fall. Your visit to the fall will gift you lot of surprising memories.
The route from Munnar to udumalapet is excellent.. The route goes through dense forest and enjoyable for riders who love adventure. After 30 kms from Munnar, the route would pass through sandalwood forest – Marayoor for about 3 kms
The Wildlife Warden,
Eravikulam National Park
Munnar P.O, Idukki, Kerala, PIN – 685 612
Phone: +91 4865 231587
For Information on tourism please contact, Information Assistant: 8301024187